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What is your favourite motion book? www.deviantart.com/motionbooks… 

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20 deviants said Cap Stone. We still love you Liam!
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7 deviants said Milk for the Ugly. Too awesome! And scary. Plus - goat. Goats are cool. And a bit creepy.
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6 deviants said Other. As always, your choices stink Sharpy. Where's Star Trek? Hellboy? Come on!!!!
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5 deviants said Sherlock Holmes. It's Sherlock Holmes for heaven's sake! And it's Bill Sienkiewicz!!! Come on!!!
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4 deviants said MONO. It's a monkey. And it's a man. It's a monkey-man!
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3 deviants said MLP - because cute ponies. That move!!!
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3 deviants said Treatment. Damn, that's some hardcore shizzle! And - Dave Gibbons! Duh!
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3 deviants said Briar Rose. And Rapunzel. That stuff rocks - in a girl but cool way. I'm not affraid to say it!
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1 deviant said War in Heaven. Oh man - that stuff is so incredibly EPIC!!!! And scary!!!! Amazing bro.
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No deviants said Ugh! Who doesn't love a good light-hearted caveman gag-fest?

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Timing is everything they say.

One thing particularly central to effective horror is precisely that – timing. And at this time of the year it’s a fitting subject!

The greatest bonus to classic sequential storytelling in the digital realm is that you can really play with this to great effect – and I think we’re only scratching the surface!
The other great bonus is the potential for ambience and sound.

Both of these aspects have been used to great effect in the series ‘Houses of the Holy’ by Mike Carey and Dave Kendall.
This issue is one of the most chilling I’ve ever read:

Houses of the Holy - Episode 3 by MadefireStudios

On Tuesday another fantastically realized, utterly chilling book was released – ‘Books of Blood’ #1 by the visionary Clive Barker, as illustrated by the brilliant Sam Shearon.
The atmospherics here are astonishing, and the torments suffered by the protagonist are both epic and intimate – just as Barker wrote it.

Barker himself said of the motion book format “What we have done with the ‘Books of Blood’ is, I assure you, nothing short of astonishing. Prepare yourselves for an experience the likes of which you've never seen."

Check out the amazing preview here:



Happy Halloween all!
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Do me a favor:

Get out your Android, iPad, iPhone, or mobile platform of choice, and open the Madefire app. There's a bunch of new things I'd like you to check out.

The sections work like this:

Print Books

This is 'classic' comic material. No bells, no whistles, just no bullshit, honest comics. (Indie creators and publishers should know we can put their material up within a couple of weeks of sending us a PDF. If your book isn't here you should ask yourself why not?)

Motion Books

This is where we continue to push the medium with a wide variety of cutting edge digital storytelling unique to each book. We also have books from top publishers - those that have had vision and were willing to push the envelope. You can get sucked in for hours.

We also have a deviantART section that features two categories:

Sketch Books

The catch-all for pretty much everything anybody publishes on dA using the motion book tool. This ranges from single image parallax pages, to print and motion books. They can be whatever you like. I have two art books published in there. So can you. 

Hot Books

These are curated books picked out of the sketch book section - in this instant myself, but in future by other known creators.

Once you have done that I have two questions for you:

What are we missing? 
Why isn't your creator-owned book on the app?

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If a thing is to succeed it needs love.

Love first from it's author, the instrument of creation.

Love second - and most importantly - from it's audience.

I wanted to thank you for support of the Captain - my Captain - Captain Stone. It's our second most popular title after Dave Gibbon's Treatment, and that's saying something! (If I can't concede the top slot to the mighty Dave Gibbons who can I concede to?)

It was not an easy start for the book I co-created with my wife, Christina. It's taken time to find its feet, and a place in the pantheon. It was, after all, created in a completely new medium. And it wasn't strictly a comic at all, but something else that used the tropes of comics - words and pictures, but with added sound and motion. These have long been troublesome additions to the purist reader!

It has been created in multiple styles, and it is a VERY slow burn.

It features a retro hero in a pink costume - who is missing. This was not hip!

It utilizes captions to a degree unheard of since the late 80s, and generally not advised.

And it had to contend with fear - that digital would kill print. In fact the opposite has happened. And I'm VERY excited to be able to say that the print version hits comic stores in December, via Titan and Diamond.

So again - thank you for reading our book. It matters. It is appreciated. It validates everything I have been trying to do for the last five or six years. Your feedback at the New York Comic Con, here, and in the number of reads the book has had has been a massive validation for me. I can't stress enough what that means.

Best always - and onwards!

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Liam Sharp
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Liam Sharp is the co-founder and CCO of Madefire, as well as an artist, writer and publisher. www.madefire.com

He made his debut in the late 1980s drawing Judge Dredd for 2000ad. He later moved to Marvel UK, where he drew the best-selling Marvel UK title ever, Death's Head II. Thereafter he began working mainly in the United States on books as diverse as the X-Men, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Venom, Man-Thing (for Marvel Comics), Superman, Batman, and The Possessed (for DC Comics and Wildstorm), Spawn: The Dark Ages (for Todd McFarlane and Image) and Red Sonja for Dynamite comics.
Liam has also worked on more mature themed books for Verotik, drawing Frank Frazetta's The Death Dealer, and a strip originated by Stan Winston called Realm of the Claw.

In 2004 Liam established MamTor™ Publishing with wife Christina. This saw the launch of the critically acclaimed and award-winning anthology Event Horizon, and the prestigious collaboration with Mother (London) Advertising, Four Feet From a Rat, which appeared as a quarterly comic in Time Out magazine. This led to work on three major advertising campaigns for the Coca-Cola Company, art and design work for Strange Beast, Passion Pictures, Knuckleheads, Shots magazine and Red Arrow Entertainment amongst others.

Liam also worked on designs for the movies Lost in Space, Small Soldiers and the animated series Batman Beyond.

More recent work includes co-creating the controversial DC/Vertigo title Testament with best-selling novelist and media commentator Douglas Rushkoff, the comic adaptation of the seminal XBox game Gears of War for Wildstorm, and the graphic novella Aliens: Fast Track to Heaven for Dark Horse.

Liam's critically acclaimed first novel GOD KILLERS: MACHIVARIUS POINT & OTHER TALES was published in 2008 with a second edition in 2009.

For Madefire he is currently working on an epic personal project that he is co-writing with wife Christina McCormack called Captain Stone is Missing... as well as writing MONO, and co-producing art with Bill Sienkiewicz for a series of Sherlock Holmes stories.
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Timing is everything they say.

One thing particularly central to effective horror is precisely that – timing. And at this time of the year it’s a fitting subject!

The greatest bonus to classic sequential storytelling in the digital realm is that you can really play with this to great effect – and I think we’re only scratching the surface!
The other great bonus is the potential for ambience and sound.

Both of these aspects have been used to great effect in the series ‘Houses of the Holy’ by Mike Carey and Dave Kendall.
This issue is one of the most chilling I’ve ever read:

Houses of the Holy - Episode 3 by MadefireStudios

On Tuesday another fantastically realized, utterly chilling book was released – ‘Books of Blood’ #1 by the visionary Clive Barker, as illustrated by the brilliant Sam Shearon.
The atmospherics here are astonishing, and the torments suffered by the protagonist are both epic and intimate – just as Barker wrote it.

Barker himself said of the motion book format “What we have done with the ‘Books of Blood’ is, I assure you, nothing short of astonishing. Prepare yourselves for an experience the likes of which you've never seen."

Check out the amazing preview here:



Happy Halloween all!
  • Mood: Joy

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DerekDwyer Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much for the favourite Liam! I'm working on colouring the pages and I hope to do a better job with the Madefire app when the pages are complete =D
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:iconliamsharp:
LiamSharp Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Artist
Looking forward to seeing your progress! :-)
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UszatyArbuz Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the fav, have a wonderful day! Kisses :smooch: revamp
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:iconliamsharp:
LiamSharp Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Professional Artist
My pleasure! :-)
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DreMalone Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
What's up, Liam. Any plans for Starting a Story From Fresh pt. 2?
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